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Month: May 2016

Facebook alleged to suppress anti-immigration content

Facebook alleged to suppress anti-immigration content

Groups opposed to some U.S. immigration programs claim Facebook has suppressed their content and visibility of their groups. These allegation, if true, could be due to algorithm design errors or deliberate. Either way, these allegations illustrate the potential of social media propaganda:

Social media “Mommy blogger” admits it is all fake

Social media “Mommy blogger” admits it is all fake

A prominent “Mommy blogger” says the genre of “Mommy blogs” is fake – with nonsense content, stories of fake lives, fake happiness, and paid sponsorship for product reviews that are always about wonderful products. It’s all about propaganda messaging!!! Her advice to all other mommy bloggers: ‘Just quit’ Source: Mommy Blogger Josi Denise Admits Articles Are Fake – Motto She says these bloggers inflate their reader numbers by cheating and lying about their readership, by paying assistants to post links to…

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Wall Street Journal demonstrates propaganda usage on Facebook

Wall Street Journal demonstrates propaganda usage on Facebook

The WSJ takes a look at how Facebook classifies users as either liberal or conservative, and then, how this yields either liberal or conservative perspectives (social media propaganda posters) within one’s news feed. This demonstrates the thesis of this blog – that social media has become the world’s most effective propaganda operation: See Liberal Facebook and Conservative Facebook, Side by Side Source: Blue Feed, Red Feed Update: I noticed that I mostly see left-wing propaganda posters in my news feed…

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Social media plays powerful role in elections

Social media plays powerful role in elections

Nearly three-quarters (74%) of Millennial Democrats who say they are very likely to participate in their state’s primary or caucus learned about the 2016 presidential election through a social networking site. This is starkly higher than the 50% of Millennial Republicans… Source: Among Millennials engaged in primaries, Dems more likely to learn about the election from social media My observation – before I read this study – is that Democrats and left-leaning groups largely own social media propaganda efforts, with relatively…

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The Center for Immigration Rights Communication

The Center for Immigration Rights Communication

If you read this blog, you know the terms public relations, communication and propaganda are synonymous. All forms of public persuasion were once called “propaganda”. The negative connotations of government and military propaganda programs early in the 20th century resulted in the late Edward Bernays proposing the use of “public relations” as an alternative. Today, public relations has evolved into “communication” specialists. These terms are synonymous and describe the methods and programs used to persuade the public to adopt someone’s…

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Once again: “Why is the media ignoring ‘this’?”

Once again: “Why is the media ignoring ‘this’?”

This is a fun “meme” to getting targets emotionally riled up so they will share this false claim others. I wrote about this propaganda method not long ago. Some one did a similar “the media are ignoring this!” about an alleged protest in Poland. “They” are keeping this secret! Why are people ignoring “this”? It “must be a conspiracy!” Share if you agree! It’s the same as the news web sites that create click bait titles like “Girl opens door and…

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How System 1 Thinking controls our thoughts

How System 1 Thinking controls our thoughts

TL; DR Summary Many people insist their views are based on science and education (fact-based) but on many topics, they stick to their ideology or party/group think position. In the chart below, especially in the “Climate change & Energy” category, the strongest factors in one’s views are ideology/group membership and age. Both political parties are likely to be “fact deniers”, contrary to the views they hold of themselves. (Indeed, Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson emphasizes this point – left and right…

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Public relations people are liars

Public relations people are liars

Read the story of the smug, arrogant and elitist Ben Rhodes, the deputy national security advisor for strategic communications in the White House, a man that Foreign Policy Magazine calls an “asshole” for his disdain of the public and his insulting treatment of reporters. In a follow up, the author of that article adds additional background showing how the “strategic communication” specialist uses social media propaganda to manipulate the public, even acknowledging that this leads to a “dangerous distortion of…

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Facebook said to running massive propaganda operation

Facebook said to running massive propaganda operation

This is an update to the previous item, below. According to Gizmodo, quoting former Facebook workers: Facebook workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers from the social network’s influential “trending” news section, according to a former journalist who worked on the project. This individual says that workers prevented stories about the right-wing CPAC gathering, Mitt Romney, Rand Paul, and other conservative topics from appearing in the highly-influential section, even though they were organically trending among the site’s…

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Facebook accused of running propaganda operation

Facebook accused of running propaganda operation

The trending news section is run by people in their 20s and early 30s, most of whom graduated from Ivy League and private East Coast schools like Columbia University and NYU. They’ve previously worked at outlets like the New York Daily News, Bloomberg, MSNBC, and the Guardian. Some former curators have left Facebook for jobs at organizations including the New Yorker, Mashable, and Sky Sports. According to former team members interviewed by Gizmodo, this small group has the power to…

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